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24Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comThe Former Kingdom of Nepal Nepal is the most exciting of the Himalayan nations with the highest mountains and most vibrant culture, and has rightly been a favourite destination for travellers for many years. It is now entering a new era of democracy but retains its friendly and chaotic charm. What many visitors think will be their one trip of a lifetime all too often turns into a long-term love affair with this wonderful country and its people. The draw of the spectacular Everest and Annapurna massifs naturally make these the two most popular trekking regions. Here there are good paths through paddy fields, forest and yak pasture, and a well-established tea house tradition. However, venture further afield into 'Wild Nepal' and you will find pristine mountain scenery, remote villages and a culture still relatively untouched by tourism. Saddhu, Andi Harrison

25telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Himalaya NepalTea houses in Nepal On the most popular trekking routes villagers have built tea house lodges with plenty of character, relative comfort and good food. On our tea house treks you will generally stay in twin-bedded rooms, with all meals and extra snacks included. By staying in tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy. Our Luxury Lodge treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions offer greater comfort still, look out for these if you like to trek in style. Hotels in Kathmandu We use two of the best hotels in the city for trips that include time in Kathmandu. Dwarika's Hotel *****Walking into Dwarika's is like walking into an ancient Nepalese palace and the hotel has won numerous Heritage awards. The courtyards, with their terracotta work and intricately carved antique doors and windows, lead finally to a very special outdoor swimming pool. The Shangri-La Hotel **** All our tea house treks stay at the Shangri-La, which sits in the heart of the diplomatic enclave. The prizewinning gardens, recently refurbished rooms and swimming pool, built in traditional royal style, provide the perfect haven from the busy city. Family adventure in Nepal We offer a fun-filled family adventure in the Annapurna Foothills that combines a gentle trek with an elephant-back safari and river rafting. We can also Tailor Make a the perfect adventure to suit your family. Details of all our family adventures can be found on pages 72 and 73.